Ed Lewis, President of CE National

Ed Lewis talks about CE National’s mission.

ed“God’s program for today is the local church. Churches must be both biblically accurate to the scriptures and yet be culturally relevant in order to communicate effectively.

CE National is all about helping churches. In fact, our motto is “Here to Help!” One of the best ways to help churches is by providing training, ministry experiences, and resources that the local church may not be able to accomplish on its own. CE National especially assists churches by networking leaders to one another to evaluate needs and produce ways to assist one another.

CE National wants to impact the church by seeing all churches reaching, teaching and releasing believers to further ministries. That’s why the “CE” in CE National stands for Church Effectiveness. We covet your prayers that God will allow CE National to impact churches so that these churches will continue to see changed lives.”
In His work,
Ed Lewis

Phone: 574.267.6622 Ext: 112

Executive Staff

jesseJesse Deboest
Director of Finance and Personnel
574.267.6622 Ext: 108

tkTimothy Kurtaneck (TK)
Director of Youth Leadership Training
574.267.6622 Ext: 103
Ed Short
Ministry Coach and Consultant

Board of Directors

The CE National Board of Directors is a godly group of men and women who help set direction for the organization.

Led by an executive staff, this group meets each May and November to hear reports and set policy for the ministry. One of the unique parts of this board is that at least one time per year, the Directors meet at a “model ministry” to observe and learn about new ministry ideas, philosophies, and strategies.

 CE National Board of Directors

Ed Lewis (Executive Director)
Margaret Olmedo
Joel Hawthorne
Shannon Hollinger
Jim Brown
Brad Deetscreek
Donna Yost
Jason Haymaker
Clancy Cruise

Pastoral Consultants

​CE National is blessed to have outstanding pastoral consultants assisting us in the area of pastoral leadership.

Knute Larson
A long time pastor at the Grace Brethren Church in Ashland, Ohio, and the Chapel in Akron, Ohio, Knute was also the Executive Director of CE National. Well respected and much appreciated, Knute continues his ministry with a coaching network and is an integral part of Pastorpedia Live events held four times a year at the Russell center at CE National.


Jim Brown
Jim is a long time CE National Board Member and regular presenter at Momentum Youth Conference. Jim pastors Grace Community Church in Goshen, Indiana—a church of over 3,000. Jim’s heart beats for Jesus and sharing Him with others!


Jeff Bogue
Jeff is the lead pastor of the Grace Church of Greater Akron, Ohio, which now has seven campuses. Jeff served on the CE National Board of Directors for many years and is the “Shepherd” for the adult staff at the Momentum Youth Conference as well as the final presenter of the week. God has laid it on Jeff’s heart to plant 30 churches in the next 30 years.

Board of Reference

Chuck Bomar, Pastor, Colossae Church, Tigard, OR
Cheryl Fawcett, Youth Ministries Specialist, Association of Baptist World Evangelism, Vision for Youth.
Knute Larson, former pastor at The Chapel, Akron, OH. Currently pastoral coach with the Evangelical Free Churches.
James Long, Managing Editor, Outreach Magazine, Vista, CA
Mel Walker, President, Vision for Youth, Clarks Summit, PA

Invited Speakers

People CE National has invited to speak or lead (besides the Board of Reference):

  • Axis (World View)
  • Larry Acosta
  • Charles Arn
  • Jay Bell
  • Dewey Bertolini
  • Jeff Bogue
  • Jim Brown
  • Gracia Burnham
  • Jeremy Byng
  • Francis Chan
  • Jim Custer
  • John Davis
  • Don DeYoung
  • Steve Fee
  • Dan Gregory
  • Jay Halley
  • Duke Heller
  • Kurt Johnston
  • Tom Julien
  • Aaron Keyes
  • Greg Laurie
  • H.B. London
  • Gabe Lyons
  • Dawson McAllister
  • Josh McDowell
  • Sean McDowell
  • Gary McIntosh
  • Keith Minear
  • Jeff Myers
  • David Nasser
  • Todd Proctor
  • Chris Rice
  • Haddon Robinson
  • Ken Rudolph
  • Barry St. Clair
  • Ed Short
  • Randy Smith
  • David Stahl
  • Timothy Starr
  • Greg Stier
  • Laura Story
  • Nick Vujicic
  • Sumner Wemp
  • Bill Wilson
  • Vic Young
  • Afshin Ziafat